In the heart of the Siberian forest, men risk their lives for the chance to make a fortune cutting timber – a crime that involves Russian mob bosses, Chinese middlemen and some of the biggest corporations in the U.S. and Canada.
16×9 obtained shipping records showing that Xingjia, a Chinese company that’s been accused of illegally sourcing its wood from the Russian Far East, sent over $5.7 million dollars-worth of wood to the port of Vancouver bound for North American store shelves.
Von Bismarck runs an NGO called the Environmental Investigation Agency. He spent three years tracking wood from the Russian Far East to that Chinese company, Xingjia, where the wood is processed. Some of that wood is eventually sold in North America and much of it by Lumber Liquidators he says.